Insurance for migrant workers
THE state-owned Myanma Insurance Company in cooperation with the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation launched a life insurance programme for Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand on Wednesday.
Buying the insurance before going to work in Thailand, the Myanmar workers would get better compensation for workplace injury of any kind, U Peter Nyunt Maung, chair of the federation, told reporters Wednesday in Yangon.
“Workers who suffered accidents on the way to Thailand didn’t use to be compensated since they hadn’t bought any insurance,” he said.
Under the agreement between the two organisations, two coverage packages – life insurance and personal accident insurance – are available to workers for Kyat 30,000 (US$22) annually, U Peter Nyunt Maung said.
According to the scheme, workers who die in a workplace accident – except committing suicide – will be compensated with up to K5 million.
Injured workers will be compensated under K5 million, depending on the severity of the injury.
Victims of a bus collision in Thailand earlier in the year, that killed or injured migrant workers, did not receive enough compensation because they had no insurance. The accident made the federation decide to start the insurance programme when sending workers abroad.
“The insurance programme is for workers to cover of their loss if they have accidents,” U Peter Nyunt Maung said.
A past life insurance programme for workers under the agreement between the two countries was suspended after some migrant rights group in the kingdom sued Myanmar’s government officials for selling telephone SIM cards with life insurance packages of Thailand.
Since then, there has been no insurance scheme for workers sent to the neighboring country.
Currently, Myanmar sends workers to eight foreign countries, according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigraiton and Population. About 15,000 migrants leave the country monthly to work abroad for lack of job opportunities.
An executive of the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation announces the new insurance plans for migrant workers in Thailand.